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Tiki Drink Glossary

The tiki glossary is your guide to terms, and words used in tiki drinks.  This is a work in progress. It will probably never be complete as tiki cocktails evolve.  I've been adding definitions as I learn things and as people ask me questions.  If there is a tiki term you are unsure of let me know.  I'm happy to answer.

Wednesday
Sep122012

cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that is obtained from the inner bark of trees tha originated in Sri Lanka.

Wednesday
Sep122012

Cointreau

Cointreau is a brand of triple sec that is produced in France.  It is an orange flavored liqueur.  

Substitutions:

Other brands of triple sec.

Wednesday
Sep122012

cranberry juice

Cranberry juice is the juice of the cranberry.  On its own it can be very tart.  Most commercially available cranberry juice is mixed with apple juice, grape juice, water, or sugar.

Thursday
Sep132012

crushed ice

Crushed ice is smaller than your typical ice cubes.  When a recipe calls for crushed ice it is important to use crushed ice. Crushed ice melts faster, diluting the drink.  Recipes that call for crushed ice rely on this dilution.  You can buy a big fancy ice crusher, use the crush mode on your refrigerator door, or just cover some ice with a towel and smash it with a hammer.  If you need crushed ice for several people you can also get something called a Lewis Bag.  It is a cloth bag you put ice in, and then smash the ice with a rolling pin, or hammer.

Thursday
Sep132012

Dark Jamaican Rum

Dark Jamaican Rum is distilled in Jamaica, and is commonly aged in charred oak barrels.  The rum is darker in color, sweeter, and usually has more flavor than white or gold rum. 

Some common brands are Coruba and Meyer's.